- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WATERSMEET, Mich. (AP) - Owners of property in the western Upper Peninsula are suing the U.S. Forest Service over restrictions on gas-powered boats in a wilderness area.

David and Pamela Herr say they fear prosecution if they use boats on Crooked Lake in Gogebic County. They received a letter from the government in 2013, three years after buying property.

The government’s lake restrictions were turned into a well-publicized legal battle in the 1990s. The Forest Service says only people who sued in that case can use gas-powered boats within the Sylvania Wilderness Area.

The Herr property is outside the designated wilderness area, but the couple wants to use boats on the rest of the lake that is part of the wilderness. The Herrs have filed a lawsuit in Marquette federal court.

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